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Little Bea: 06/23/19
Little Bea by Daniel Roode is a picture book about the day in the life of a solitary bee, named, Bea. Bea starts her day asleep on a large daisy and goes about her day exploring her world, collecting pollen and meeting the other creatures who live near her.
Little Bea is illustrated in soft colors and geometric shapes. The colors are too saturated to be pastels, but they still give a sense of early spring.
What's missing from this book, though, is an opportunity to teach children that yes, there are in fact, species of solitary bees. Children grow up learning about beehives and the way that bees waggle dance at each other to give the directions to flowers. Here is a book that hints at the labor intensive life of a solitary bee without any of the follow through.